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Old 04-30-2019, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"contrary to Army values"

On my Smartnews feed...https://lawandcrime.com/crazy/decora...fter-retiring/

Decorated Iraq War Vet Losing Pension Because He Worked for a Marijuana Co. After Retiring from Active Duty

A 36-year-old retired U.S. Army Major who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 and received four Bronze Stars has lost his pension because he decided to work for a marijuana company after his retirement.

Barron‘s published Tye Reedy‘s story on Tuesday, noting that Reedy, a father of two, served for 11 years in the military. Reedy is losing all of that time towards the 20 years of service pension requirement because the company he decided to work for was deemed “contrary to Army values.”

Reedy works as director of operations services at Acreage Holdings, whose board of advisors includes John Boehner (R-Ohio) and declared Republican presidential candidate William Weld (What about their pensions?). Reedy described the news about his pension as a “gut punch.” He said that although the company is “medically focused” and a “publicly traded company,” the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) office at West Point nonetheless concluded that Reedy had brought “discredit upon the U.S. Military Academy and the Army” by working at a weed company.

“A military officer working in the cannabis industry runs contrary to Army values,” the Army said. The result? Reedy lost a part-time job as a “military academy liaison officer,” lost the chance at the 20 years of service threshold and lost the credit for his 11 years of active duty.

The tension between federal law and state law appears to be the issue at hand, but Reedy said the Army never asked if he was using or handling weed. The Army said in the story that it wasn’t going to talk specifics about Reedy’s case, but did say that the Army’s position on marijuana is the federal position.

“[D]espite legalization by several states, marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. The most current DoD and federal guidance states that all federal laws regarding marijuana remain in effect,” the statement reportedly said.

Reedy reiterated that he views marijuana as “medicine.” He has publicly advocated before in the press for change to federal law so that military veterans have an alternative to opioids.

“When you’re in the mountains of Afghanistan with more than 100 pounds on your back fighting an enemy and you have firefights and roadside bombs, that takes a toll on your body and it takes a toll mentally as well,” he told WZTV in Nov. 2018. “Veterans aren’t offered the same opportunity for alternative treatments as a normal American."
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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wait a second, so he wasn't retired yet i'm rather lost.

it said he was in the military for 11 years and is losing that time towards his 20 year pension, but it doesn't say that he ever met the 20 year pension threshold.

did he "retire" from the military and collect the pension or did he separate and has now lost out on adding those years toward his pension if he gets back in at some point later

Hell i was told to not even invest or buy stocks in the MJ industry while in
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They are certainly leaving out some info.

Perhaps he went guard or reserve and "retired" from Active Duty?


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wait a second, so he wasn't retired yet i'm rather lost.

it said he was in the military for 11 years and is losing that time towards his 20 year pension, but it doesn't say that he ever met the 20 year pension threshold.

did he "retire" from the military and collect the pension or did he separate and has now lost out on adding those years toward his pension if he gets back in at some point later

Hell i was told to not even invest or buy stocks in the MJ industry while in
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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They are certainly leaving out some info.

Perhaps he went guard or reserve and "retired" from Active Duty?
i guess this is what confuses me the most

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Reedy lost a part-time job as a “military academy liaison officer,”
yet i also fail to see how this dude thought it would be okay to take the job.

as for 'what about their pensions?!' comment, the Army has much higher standards than any elected official position. that is pretty fuckin' obvious
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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he basically got fired from his part time job that one day would let him retire
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds somewhat like the 1 hitch wonder millennial' s claiming "retired status"???
11years in=separation (last I heard) not retired.
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Post history looks non-troll...but awfully comfortable for a n00b.
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“Despite legalization by several states, marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. The most current DoD and federal guidance states that all federal laws regarding marijuana remain in effect”
I’ve talked to a number of people about this, to include my son in law who got dropped like a hot rock when he was trying to get on with the sheriffs department when he admitted to using marijuana in the past
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another dumb amped up nothing news story. Like other's the guy's is a bit dumb for thinking it would be okay to take this job.
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You aren't "retired" from military service until you have served 20 years.

The only exception is if you are medically retired.

In either case, you are still on inactive reserve for a period of time even after you get your DD214.
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Sounds somewhat like the 1 hitch wonder millennial' s claiming "retired status"???
11years in=separation (last I heard) not retired.

There are a couple ways that one could retire early. During the early Obongo regime, around 2007ish as part of the "Force Shaping" they were allowing people that had been in for x amount of years to be able to take an early retirement at less pay. At least in the Air Force, but I'd imagine it was .mil wide to some degree.
A few of the people I worked with did it. Had it up to their eyes with the b/s and pulled chocks at ~18 years or so.

One of the guys, TSgt White, was so fed up he never even outprocessed... at all. He filed his retirement paperwork and never said anything about it. Didn't show up for work one day and later found out he was retired. We got calls at the shop for MONTHS after he'd been gone with MPF and what not looking for him because he hadn't out processed.



Or could have gone through a med board and been medically retired.

Either way after you have the DD214 there isn't a whole lot a person can do that would shut them off from retirement and or disability pay.

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As an active duty member, we are required to get the JAG's approval if we want to take on a part-time job.

The military just wants to make sure you are not doing something that will put the military in a questionable light. Dancing in a seedy nightclub is also something they would frown on.

Even if you are working part-time for the federal govt, especially on the military side of the house, he should have done the same thing.

So, in the end, his mistake was not visiting the JAG first to tell them of his plans. They would have said no and he would have had to find another part-time gig.
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but full blown alcoholics are just fine
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but full blown alcoholics are just fine
just like anything, if you don't get caught it isn't a problem.
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